Police in Michigan stopped a black man last week because the sight of him walking "with his hands in his pockets" scared someone enough to call 911.
The stop reportedly took place around 4:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving in Pontiac, Mich. When the man asks the officer why he's being stopped, the cop explains that who ever made the call said he was "walking by, [and he was] making people nervous." All because he had his hands in his pockets.
Understandably shocked, the man points out that there are likely "10,000 people in Pontiac" doing the exact same thing, free of police questioning. The cop acknowledges that he's right, but also acknowledges that there have been "a lot of robberies" in the area. Obviously, this means everyone with their hands in their pockets must be scrutinized. Safety first.
The man was allowed to proceed, and the only thing exchanged between he and the officer were a few civil words and a high-five. Still, be aware that walking with your hands in your pockets when it's cold as hell outside can create suspicion.